Big fourth quarter propels Joplin to Carthage Invitational title

WATCH: Joplin gets by Carthage 60-54 to win Carthage Invitational for the second straight year. All Wright leads the Eagles with 23 points. Terrance Gibson adds 16 points.

Joplin holds off Ray-Pec to advance to Carthage Invitational championship

CARTHAGE, Mo. – (WATCH) Joplin beats Ray-Pec 56-50 Friday night to advance to the Carthage Invitational championship.

All Wright scores 34 points to lead the way for the Eagles.

Local players earn MFCA All-State honors; Gall named Class 5 Offensive Player of the Year

The Missouri Football Coaches Association has released it’s All-State awards for the 2022 season.

Carthage running back Luke Gall has been named the Missouri Class 5 Offensive Player of the Year – and multiple local players have earned All-State recognition.

Local players receiving all state honors from the MFCA are listed below, or you can check out the full MFCA All-State teams HERE.


RB Jackson Marrs (Seneca) – 1st team

ATH Joel Beshore (Lamar) – 1st team

OL Ryan Davis (Lamar) – 1st team

DL Rourke Dillion (Lamar) – 1st team

LB Khiler Nance (Lamar) – 1st team

LB Cameron Sturgell (Lamar) – 1st team

DB Austin Wilkerson (Lamar) – 1st team

K Malachi Hennum (Mt. Vernon) – 1st team

QB Gavyn Hoover (Seneca) – 2nd team

RB Braden Dodson (Mt. Vernon) – 2nd team

WR Ian Ngugu (Lamar) – 2nd team

ATH Conner Ackerson (Seneca) – 2nd team

OL Jacob Gravener (Seneca) – 2nd team

LB Lincoln Renfro (Seneca) – 2nd team

P Alex Wilkerson (Lamar) – 2nd team

KR Jackson Marrs (Seneca) – 2nd team

RB Ty Willhite (Lamar) – 3rd team

LB Cody Downing (Mt. Vernon) – 3rd team


OL Talan Chandler (Nevada) – 1st team

TE Drew Beachler (Nevada) – 2nd team

DE Case Sanderson (Nevada) – 2nd team

ATH Avious Steadman (Nevada) – 3rd team

DL Donnie Keith (Carl Junction) – 3rd team

LB Johnny Starks (Carl Junction) – 3rd team

DB Konner Poynter (Monett) – 3rd team


RB Luke Gall (Carthage) – 1st team (Class 5 Offensive Player of the Year)

WR Isaiah Green (Neosho) – 1st team

OL Drew Musche (Carthage) – 1st team

DL Micah Lindsey (Carthage) – 1st team

DE Lucas Ott (Webb City) – 1st team

DB Davion King (Carthage) – 1st team

RB Jared Siler (Neosho) – 2nd team

DB Kaylor Darnell (Webb City) – 2nd team

OL Shaun Hunt (Webb City) – 3rd team


OL Dontrell Holt (Joplin) – 2nd team

LB Draven VanGilder (Joplin) – 2nd team


Joplin hangs on to beat Leavenworth in Lady Eagle Classic opener

WATCH: Joplin tops Leavenworth 45-39 in its first game of the Lady Eagle Classic. Bailey Ledford scores a team-high 17 points. Brynn Driver adds 10.

Joplin will be back in action on Friday at 7:30 pm against Farmington in the tournament semifinals.

Joplin prepares to host Freeman Lady Eagle Classic

JOPLIN, MO. – Joplin hosts the 26th annual Lady Eagle Classic this week. They hit the floor against Leavenworth in the tournament opener on Thursday at 2pm.

The Eagles (1-3) are coming off their first win of the season against Pittsburg.


Joplin holds off Pittsburg in early-season border battle

JOPLIN, Mo. – (WATCH) The Joplin Eagles top the Pittsburg Purple Dragons 81-73 Friday night for their first win of the season.

The Eagles are now 1-1 to begin the season.

McDonald County knocks off Joplin in season opener

JOPLIN, Mo. – (WATCH) McDonald County knocks off Joplin 61-59 in their season opener Tuesday night.

All Wright leads the way for Joplin with a game-high 30 points, while Cross Dowd leads the Mustangs with 24 points.

Four athletes sign at Joplin High School; Reither to MSSU baseball

JOPLIN, Mo. – Four Joplin High School student-athletes sign letters of intent on Wednesday.

Byler Reither – Missouri Southern baseball

“It’s been a lifelong dream to play college baseball,” Reither says. “It really means a lot to be able to go right down the road and stay close to family. It’s going to be really cool and really special for me to look up and see them in the stands supporting me. Coach Darnell and coach Tuck really took me under their wing, and I felt like it was another place of home.”

Hobbs Campbell – Kansas Track and Field and Cross Country

“It was just such a great environment,” Campbell says about his visit to KU. “They have amazing facilities and great coaches. I know that’s where I’ll be my best and that’s really what it came down to: where I think I can have the most success. That’s definitely Kansas. I’m just really looking forward to making that next step and being able to compete with the best people in the nation.”

Jill McDaniel – Highland Community College softball

“I just really felt at home,” McDaniel says. “The girls were so awesome, the coaches are awesome, and that small town, homey feeling helped make my decision. My senior year I stepped up as a leader and that helped me gain confidence to speak up and be a leader, so hopefully I’ll be very impactful for Highland.”

Layten Copher – Highland Community College baseball

“I really like the program, the baseball field, all the guys in general,” says Copher. “It means everything. My parents have been having me play catch since I was three, so this has been a lifelong dream.”

PIGSKIN PODCAST EP. 9: The playoffs are here

Check out episode 9 of the KOAM Presents: Pigskin Podcast (links below). On THIS episode:

  • Nevada knocks off Seneca (1:55)
  • Quin Renfro huge night for Joplin (3:30)
  • A look ahead for Carthage, Webb City, Seneca and Lamar (6:43)
  • Girard enters playoffs undefeated (7:43)
  • Columbus gets hot at the right time (10:05)
  • Interview with Quapaw HC J. MacArthur and QB Jack Deringer (15:42)
  • The thin margin for error in the MIAA (29:25)
  • Pitt State aims to stay perfect at Central Oklahoma (31:28)